Good Will Hunting
Reviewed by Jim Mullis
Rating: 10 Beans
ill Hunting is damn cool. He's a hunk, he beats people up, and he gets the girlie action. There's nothing Will finds funnier than a good fart joke. He fires off at authority figures. In conclusion, "Will Hunting is cool".
Got this so far? If you can't remember that "Will Hunting is cool" don't worry: Matt Damon (Will Hunting) and Ben Affleck (his bonehead friend) repeat this idea several dozen times for you to finally catch on. They'll show you scene after scene where they try to establish themselves as "cool" guys. I think by the time the movie is over you'll get the point.
Plot synopsis: Will Hunting is a bright, young "cool" genius with a screwed up family life. He works as a janitor at MIT. One evening he finds an
equation on the blackboard outside a classroom and solves it. The professor is astonished because his fellow mathematicians have been working on it for 20 years. The professor wants to take Will under his wing and nurture his talent but Will is a rebel so the professor works out a deal where Will will go see a shrink (Robin Williams) and talk about his problems. Oh yeah, there's also an inconsequential romatic subplot thrown in for all the ladeez in da house.
The idea is this, Matt Damon is genius but he's a cool genius. Therefore, we get none of the eccentricites or geekiness that such geniuses would have if this wasn't Hollywood, but more intelligence than your run-of-the-mill genius. I had friends of mine tell me they didn't like Speed because they
couldn't believe the bus chase scenes. Know this however, a bus can jump a bridge easier than Matt Damon can convince me that his character solved
a math equation that several MIT professors had been working on for 20 years. That's totally ludicrous.
Let's talk about acting. Damon does a beautiful job at playing a punkass kid from Boston (he is a punkass kid from Boston) and Affleck is equally impressive as a bonehead who is a Boston native (he is a bonehead, also from Boston). Kudos to you both. All sarcasm aside, shame on anyone that would refer to this as "acting".
Want proof of the predictablity and shoddy plot of Good Will Hunting? Try this on for size: Affleck tells Damon "Man, I wish you would just make something out of yourself. I wish one day I would come over to your house and you would have moved on someplace better (crude paraphrase)". Can you guess
what happens at the end of the movie? Cmon, I'll give you three guesses! I would tell you, but I don't want to ruin the awesome ending this superb
flick has in store for you!
This movie is not intellectual, it is a cinematic tribute to the pseudo-intellectual. You, the psuedo-intellectual, are the people who
believe you are smart but never actually achieve anything with your supposed intellect. You would
never yourself become a professor at MIT but you'd be quick to cheer if a punkass kid "told him off". How intelligent you are, pseudo-intellectual. As a pseudo-intellectual, you don't know or care if
anything the punkass kid said was true but, hey, it is just so damn cool to smartoff to authority figures. Ask yourself if this is you if you want to know if you will enjoy Good Will Hunting.
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